Three Bishops have requested a meeting with LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran to discuss the Prof. Hoole issue.
Church sources said Bishops, Rev. S. Jebaneshan, Rev. Thomas Ravuthar Nayagam, Rev. Rayappu were willing to meet Prabakaran in person to discuss the ongoing protests against the newly appointed Vice- Chancellor, of the Jaffna University, Prof. S.Rathnajeevan H. Hoole. The bishops are awaiting a reply to their request.
Prof.Hoole said people he had never met and spoken to were making baseless allegations against him. `They say I am a traitor, collaborator with the Army and an enemy to the Tamil community. But they have not yet told me what crime I had committed against the Tamils. I have never acted against the Tamil people and will never.`
Among the Sri Lankan Professors in service, Prof.Hoole is the only holder of a higher DSc from a western university.
His research story ` The exile Returns ` won plaudits from western professors.